Here’s a bunch of low quality pictures of Nintendo Power Top 30’s with both ‘The Legend of Zelda’ and ‘Zelda II: The Adventure of Link’ highlighted in the Top 30 and under Players’ Picks.
Also, those faces were intense.
Oh, this is an awesome email! Usually, I just put up sales of Zelda 2 and its sales phenomenon (people driving across different states to get it) as proof of its greatness. Here, you are using Nintendo’s own word, Nintendo Power’s top games ranked by players at the time, as proof. Very clever! Sure enough, Zelda 2 is in the top. Anyone who says Zelda 2 wasn’t well received at the time is FLAT. OUT. LYING. The proof is right there. Do you want to know the Zelda that wasn’t well received especially at launch? Wind Waker.
I LOVED the top lists of Nintendo Power then and even today. It was like the NES heartbeat of gaming. You saw what people were PLAYING then as opposed to what was SELLING then. Sales lists cannot tell us what people are playing at the moment. Here, we can see they are loving that Super Mario Brothers 2 and Zelda 2.